Country Built

Today we add another great guest blogger to the list of venerable scribes who have written for us.  First Anthony DeCurtis wrote about the legendary Rolling Stones, recently Alan Light gave us his take on Josh Groban, and now James Sullivan is talking COUNTRY BUILT. James is the author of four books, including biographies of James Brown and George Carlin, and a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and more. He’s at www.jamessullivanauthor.com and on Twitter @sullivanjames.  

country builtCountry music is often called a storytelling music. As the great songwriter Harlan Howard once said, it’s “three chords and the truth.”  On Pandora’s new specialty station, Country Built, we’re recalling some of the best stories about American music.

Your host, Otis Gibbs – himself a mighty fine songwriter in the traditional American mode – is your tour guide through more than half a century of landmark recordings by timeless artists. Each episode of Country Built will also feature a special appearance from a “future” representative of the style. Read More →

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_Blog Your Old Droog mines his Coney Island home for dirty rock loops and fiery rhymes.

Your_Old_DroogOften compared to old school MCs Nas, Big L and Kool G Rap; Your Old Droog resurrects classic lyricism with a new flavor. Thick New York accents dropping rock references over production from beat masters DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo on Kinison. –J Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Thee Oh Sees continue to kick out the frazzled garage jams on their fourteenth (!) release.

Thee_Oh_SeesWith the mellow haze of last year’s Drop putting an end to the band’s brief hiatus, frontman John Dwyer and a muscular new line-up produce more fuzzed up, Nuggets-like finery on Mutilator Defeated At Last – adding yet another gem to their extensive discography. –Michelle Solomon

 

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Artists to Watch at CMA Fest

cmaWho’s headed to Nashville for CMA Music Festival?  This year’s line-up is filled with some of the biggest names in country – Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts (to name of few) – but we’re also really excited for a lot of the performers who aren’t already household names.  We used your listening feedback (coupled with the buzz each of these acts has been receiving) and think the following artists might just be some of your new country favorites come CMA Fest and its surrounding events (if they aren’t already). Read More →

You Can Call Me Janet – Miss Jackson’s Most Thumbed Up Songs

Maybe it’s the seven year itch. Whatever the reason, Janet Jackson has new music coming and we can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us.

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In honor of the seven year break, below, take a look at her seven most thumbed up songs.

  1. Anytime, Anyplace
  2. I Get Lonely
  3. That’s The Way Love Goes
  4. Let’s Wait Awhile
  5. All For You
  6. Escapade
  7. Come Back To Me

Where did your favorite land?

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Trey Songz traps out his soul on Intermission I & II

Trey_SongsA perfect combination of spacey sub-bass and slow-jams, Intermission is made for chilling with your boo. Dim the lights and drop the BPMs with Trigga. This 12-track LP features the first five songs from the original Intermission EP plus seven more, including “How Could You Forget” featuring Pusha T. –JBoogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

You probably won’t ever meet anyone who doesn’t like this song.

Marc_AnthonyWith “La Gozadera, Gente De Zona and Marc Anthony dropped the Pan-Latino anthem of the summer, the year and (dare we say) the decade. Get ready to hear “La Gozadera” on repeat for the next five years. The time is now for GDZ, and they are taking full advantage. –Marcos Juarez

 

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Snoop Dogg sparks up and sings his way into your heart with BUSH.

Snoop_DoggProduced by Pharrell, the DPG gets you dancing with Gwen Stefani, singing with Stevie Wonder and pop lockin’ with uncle Charlie Wilson. Snoop passes the blunt to Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and T.I. for some high-grade guest verses. Let your freak out and get down to BUSH. –J. Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Warm Soda continues to evoke teenage fantasy with tasty new LP.

Warm_sodaSymbolic Dream is the ex-Oakland band’s first record since songwriter, singer and guitar player Matthew Melton moved to Austin in 2014. Regardless of location, his warm confectionary power-pop hasn’t changed. With catchy hooks and sing-along choruses aplenty, Warm Soda’s fizzy energy has yet to go flat. –Michelle Solomon

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Lyrics Born struts to New Orleans to jam with some jazz veterans.

Lyrics_BornJoining forces with Galactic, Ivan Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty; LB MCs over a heavy dose of funk and rock from the big easy. The result is happy, silly and crazy – making you want to get up and boogie. Sing along with the Real People. –J. Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Best Coast return with a heavier, more polished sound on this sonic love letter to their home state (and the state of mind it inspires).

Best_CoastThis time around, the guitars are crunchier, the drums more pounding and Bethany Cosentino’s vocals more commanding. California Nights borrows liberally from ‘90s alt-rock, fusing squalls of shoegaze swirl to the group’s warm, fuzzy jangle. –Andee Connors

 

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Get Em While They’re Hot – A Dozen Picks for 2015’s Song of the Summer

songs of summer visualBeaches, BBQ, warm nights, friends – just a few of the ingredients that make for a great summer, but at Pandora we have to admit that we’re a bit biased when it comes to what we thinks is the most important one: music.  A single song can capture the vibe of summer and leave an impression for years to come. The one you listen to with the windows down cruising down the highway, or that’s blaring as you cannonball into the deep end.  It’s the thing that years from now can transport you back to THIS summer.  Don’t believe us?  We dare you to blast Summer Hits of the 90s and not be transported to a time of ill-advised fashion but admittedly awesome music. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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The duality of country and rock is further explored.

Jekyll_Hyde“Beautiful Drug” opens Jekyll + Hyde with its crosshairs aimed square at Top 40’s jugular. For just over three minutes you’ll think Zac Brown Band has gone shopping mall pop until “Loving You Easy” follows with their signature roots-rock sound. Their cover of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” is top shelf Americana. –Eric Shea

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

After two decades, these nineties Texan noise-rockers return with what might be their best record yet.

CherubsOn the surface, Cherubs seem to be taking up right where 1994’s Heroin Man left off; all super-distorted guitars and monster drumming. But on 2 Ynfynyty, the group adds surprisingly melodic vocals and hooks galore, resulting in some serious (noise) pop song craft. –Andee Connors

 

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Your favorite rap stoners celebrated 420 by breaking Prohibition for the second time. 

Berner & B-RealCypress Hill’s B-Real joins Bay Area slanger Berner for the follow-up to the immensely popular Prohibition. Guests Sage the GeminiB-Legit and Scarface roll one for the crew. Prohibition Part 2 by Berner & B-Real drifts from LA to the Bay with some slow-burning west coast beats. –J. Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Here’s looking at shoe, kid!

Shana_FalanaThere was a time in the early ‘90s when San Francisco was America’s shoegazing capital. Shana Falana lived there when local bands hoarded effect pedals and The Brian Jonestown Massacre played regular “Soundgasm” residencies. With its gauzy guitars and wistful vocals, Set Your Lightning Fire Free sounds like a sonic celebration of Falana’s Barbary Coastal roots. –Eric Shea

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